We start by saying we won't be talking about the GameStop stonk, and then talk about it for a few minutes. But, it's really not a video game story, and financial investing kinda isn't our thing.
Warner Bros has finally been granted a patent on the Nemesis system from 2014's Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which means you won't see anything like it in other games until 2035.
Which takes us down a rabbit hole of video game patents that have expired (games inside loading screens, practice mode button display, arrows to point you to an objective), some expiring soon (sphere grids, sanity meters, stylish driving trackers), and some expiring in a while (rolling up objects to become bigger, using a wheel to pick dialogue choices, controlling two characters at once with a single input.)
Then we talk to OLR about why GameStop is important to people enough to use them as their stonks rallying cry.